RARE Marvin Hagler vs Tony Sibson WBC and WBA World middleweight title official on-site 46 page programme, billed "Battle of Worcester", 11th February 1983, DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Condition very good (bottom right corner crease to front cover and small minor surface creases throughout)
Hagler W TKO 6
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"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler vs Tony Sibson (TKO-6) - Rds.5-6 & Postfight - 11-02-1983
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a man who paid his dues. The rugged middleweight fought the toughest middleweights in the world for years before he was given the opportunity to fight for a world title.
Hagler frequently traveled to other fighter's hometown's for fights and some of his most memorable pre-title competition came in Philadelphia. There he met fighters like Bobby Watts, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, Cyclone Hart and Bennie Briscoe.
Hagler was finally given a title shot by champion Vito Antuofermo in 1979 but the two combatants fought to a draw. He challenged for the title again one year later and this time he knocked out champion Alan Minter.
Hagler would make 12 successful title defenses. Among his victims were Antuofermo, Mustafa Hamsho, Roberto Duran, Juan Roldan, John "The Beast" Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns. His thrilling three-round shootout with Hearns is regarded as one of the best fights of all-time.
Hagler's last fight was in 1987 when Sugar Ray Leonard came out of retirement and won an exciting, but controversial 12-round split decision for the WBC middleweight title. Hagler retired after Leonard would not give him a rematch.
Tony Sibson (born 9 April 1958 in Leicester, England). A Middleweight, Sibson fought during the 1970s and 1980s, winning 55 of his 63 bouts, including 31 by knockout. He fought Marvin Hagler for the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in February 1983, losing by a technical knockout in the sixth round. Five years later he challenged Frank Tate for the IBF title, this time losing by a 10th round TKO. Sibson also moved up to Light heavyweight and lost to Dennis Andries in a bout for the WBC title in 1986.